Officers & Directors
Carmelo L. Foti
Barry L. Runyan
Anne Carr Bingham
Rev. Michel Belt
St. James Episcopal Church
Rev. Robert Washabaugh
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
Catherine M. Foley
Dept. of Social Services
State of Connecticut
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Frank Loomis Palmer Fund
City of New London
Community Development Block Grant
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut
James P. & Mary E. Shea Perpetual Trust
Dime Bank Foundation
Bodenwein Public Benevolent Trust
Women & Girls Fund
Swindells Charitable Foundation
Liberty Bank Foundation
Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation
Episcopal Bishop's Fund for Children
CCEH / Citizens Bank
R.C. Diocese of Norwich
Annual Bishop's Appeal
R.C. Diocese of Norwich
Campaign for Human Development
Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors
St. Mary Star of the Sea R.C. Church
Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Pantry
James & Patricia Doran
Jane Engelke in loving memory of Harold Engelke
First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Carmelo L. Foti
Adam & Debra Lalonde
Mystic Congregational Church
New London Motorcycle Club
St. John R.C. Church
Seabury Deanery Council
Susan M. Stewart
John & Kathryn Williams
Lorraine & Douglas Allen
People's United Bank
Dr. Scott Rottinghaus & Catherine Ickes
Savings Institute Financial Group
Michael & Elaine Shapiro
Lisa & Alan Smith
John & Sarah Steffian
$200 - $499
Mary A. Agostini
Antinore's Pizza & Bakery
AT&T Employees Community Service Fund
M/M Peter L. Battles
Rev. Michel Belt
M/M John Butler
Carlin Construction Co.
Children's Dental Associates
Daniel & Deborah Connors
M/M Thomas Davoren
Nick & Karen Fischer
Catherine M. Foley
Whitney & Nancy Garlinghouse
M/M Glen Graebner
James & Patricia Greenleaf
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
M/M Michael Mansfield
Cynthia & Robert Manzo
David & Elaine Miceli
Reardon Law Firm
Road Ready Used Cars
Lizabeth Love Ryan
Joe & Noreen Selinger
Stephen A. Wakeman
Waterford Lions Club
M/M Albert Yost
$100 - $199
M/M Nathan Belcher
Anne & Hiram Bingham
Karen A. Bliven
John Boettcher &
Bevza & Brennan, LLC
Robert & Anne Bingham
Peter & Ana Brusie
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
George & Carol Cone
Congressman & Mrs.
Timothy & Pamela Cronin
Bruce & Ellen Cummings
Margaret Mary Curtin
Catherine & James Foley
Edgar C. Forest
Karyn & Dave Garside
Daniel & Harriet Gaynor
Marianna N. Grillo
Dr. Richard Huhn
Paula A. Jello
New London Kiwanis
Major Gerald F. Kercher
J. B. Kurrus, LCDR, USN Ret
Richard C. Langlois
Linda Mariani & David Neusner
Mariani & Reck, LLC
Rev. Ralph & Audrey Merrill
Paul & Bonnie Mileski
William & Bridget Morrissey
Chris & MaryBeth Neilan
Genevieve B. Rafferty
Alison & Tim Ryan
Rafael Sanz & Ileana Gill
Joyce & Ivan Schmidt
Second Congregational Church
J. Solomon, Inc.
Martin J. Sullivan
U.T. Fun Jumps, LLC
Walter & Maxine Varney
Jenny & Adam Wronowski
Sylvia & Martin Zeldis
Joe & Nancy Baude
Martin & Randee Berliner
Dr. Robert & Laurie Bledfeld
John & Marti Bradshaw
Mary E. Butler
Douglas & MaryLou Chichester
Thomas Clark &
Cynthia & Randall Clegg
William & Christine Crawford
Flanagan Associates, LLC
James & Patricia Giordano
Richard & Myra Gipstein
Arthur & Loretta Girard
M/M Albert Glassenberg
Anthony & Lillian Joyce
Mary Ellen Jukoski
Dr. Dorothy Leib
Thomas & Kathleen Londregan
Robert J. Mahoney, Jr.
Loring & Son Masonry Restoration Inc.
Scott & Terri Loring
Alan & Gail Mayer
Marcia P. McGowan
Frank & Lynda McLaughlin
William & Loretta Murphy
Stephanie & Chase Neal
M/M Charles O'Connor
M/M Demetrius Orphanides
Janet & James Pearce
Pediatric Associates of NL
Stephen & Marilyn Percy
G.M. & D.J. Pontious
Tracee Reiser &
Steve & Elaine Ricard
Grant & Betsy Ritter
John F. Ryan
Debra D. Sargent
Second Congregational Church: Women's Fellowship
Tony & Peggy Sheridan
Robert & Heidi Simmons
Duncan & Elizabeth Stoddard
James & Mary White
Charles C. & Susan K. Wyand
Sylvia & Martin Zeldis
Up to $49
M/M Wilfred Benoit
Benjamin & Joanne Burdick
Reid & Ann Burdick
David & Ann Cattanach
Kevin & Deirdre Cavanagh
Clark Family Assurance
Rudolph & Carol Croteau
Dawn & Jose Delacruz
Tom & Linda English
Loudon & Edith Fairgrieve
Jack & Gail Feinberg
Barry & Cecile Feldman
Chris & Jerome Fischer
Dr. Richard & Maureen Fraser
Friends of the
Public Library of New London
David & Earline Goebel
Gold Star Pediatrics, LLC
Barry & Linnea Golubchik
Pedro & Shirley Gonzales
Alan & Lisa Harrison
Lawrence & Ann Keating
Dr. Hugh Lena
Salvatore & Rita Lentine
Jim & Evelyn Louziotis
M/M John Maney
Phillip E. Mayer, Jr.
William & Judith Miner
Margaret & Sarah Moorehead
William & Patricia Murphy
Richard & Julie Nejfelt
William & Carmela O'Donnell
Michael & Mary Passero
Robert & Anthony Pero
Deborah J. Podoba
Rev. John & Gloria Post
David & Gertrude Pushner
Barry L. Runyan
Jean Ann & Jack Scaduto
Robert & Renate Schneider
Dr. Stephen & Diane Smith
Mary E. von Dorster
of New London
Since 1983 Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc. has been creating a hopeful present and building a brighter future for those who temporarily call it home.
Working to end homelessness, Covenant Shelter meets the emergency needs of homeless men, women and children by providing shelter, nutritious meals, case management and other services leading to permanent housing, income and self sufficiency.
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As we head into fall, CSNL has a full house. Like shelters across the state, CSNL has had no shortage of requests for emergency shelter from homeless men, women and children seeking a safe haven in these trying economic times.
Those who find a temporary respite at CSNL are truly blessed by the kindness of those - like you - who support and contribute to this ministry of hospitality.
As you will see below in Gregg's story, many honorably discharged veterans struggle to make the change to civilian life. Many find a home between homes at CSNL and benefit from CSNL's case management and collaborative partnerships with organizations throughout the region.
Keeping kids on track is priority for all at CSNL. This summer former CSNL intern, Stefanie Hinman - Connecticut College Class of 2010 - returned to work with the children. Stefanie provided a week long camp during which the children went around the world in a week. See snapshots of the summer camp below.
At the beginning of September, Stefanie began leading the Covenant Kids After School Tutoring & Mentoring Program. The focus of the curriculum is professions. Each week the children are introduced to a different profession through field trips, library visits and creative projects. Visit the CSNL Facebook page
to follow the Covenant Kids Weekly News.
Times might be tough, but by working together you and I are able to bring about positive outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community. Your on-going gift of time, talent, treasure and prayer is greatly appreciated
by all who call Covenant Shelter their home between homes.
Catherine M. Foley
|Honorably discharged and homeless |
Better than honor and glory, and history's iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
~Richard Watson Gilder
Despite his nearly 30 years, Gregg resembles a young teenager with short, straight, dirty-blonde hair, glasses, goldenrod t-shirt emblazoned with NAVY, jeans and sneakers.
His is the face of a gentle, innocent and kind soul.
His is the story of an honorably discharged, eight-year veteran of the submarine force who becomes homeless in Southeastern Connecticut.
The youngest of four children born to active military parents, Gregg's challenging story begins early in life.
When he was just a year old, Gregg and his siblings were removed from their parents' abusive home and placed in foster care where Gregg endured further abuse. Being tied to a chair and fed dog food while his foster parents declared "You are a dog," Gregg was malnourished and wearing the clothing of a six-month old when social workers removed him from his second home at the age of 4. They were amazed he had survived.
His adoption at 4½ literally saved his life.
Gregg had a good childhood with loving parents and extended family following his adoption.
Shortly after Gregg graduated from high school, he joined the Navy and was in boot camp when our country faced its most devastating terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
While stationed at the Naval Submarine Base Bangor (Washington), Gregg served five years aboard a U.S. submarine as a navigational electronics technician. The continuous rotation of five months at sea and three months on shore was a lonely life. Gregg was far from the support of his family who were unable to make plans to visit due to the top-secret schedule of the patrols.
Gregg welcomed his transfer to Naval Submarine Base New London, driving cross country to reach his new home. "What a trip that was for someone like me who grew up in a town of 700 people. Imagine going through New York City. It was so scary!" Gregg exclaimed.
In December 2007, Gregg started shore duty providing naval submarine support, troubleshooting and repairing cables. Gregg served at Sub Base New London for three years until his honorable discharge in December, 2010.
That is when Gregg's recent challenges began. He applied for employment at 30-40 businesses in Southeastern Connecticut, checking weekly with each to see if there were any openings.
"All I needed was someone to just give me a chance to show them I would be a valuable worker," said Gregg.
Days became weeks. Weeks became months. On April 15th, having gone through much of his $5,000 savings, Gregg paid his last month's rent, placed his belongings in storage and moved into his car.
For two months Gregg lived out of his car - parked in the lot of a local superstore - and lived on a diet of canned foods, grapefruits and pop tarts.
"Sometimes food was so low, I ate dry rice or noodles," Gregg explained. "I didn't know about the soup kitchen."
It was during this time that a client at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center (NLHHC) told Charles Boyd, Sr., NLHHC director of operations, about a young man living in a parking lot. Charles and his colleagues reached out to Gregg and invited him to visit NLHHC.
Fearing that his car - his only source of refuge, his home - would be taken from him, Gregg was reluctant to seek help.
Help came in the way of shelter through NLHHC and later at CSNL.
"I feel safe at Covenant Shelter," shared Gregg. "It's very clean here and the food is awesome!"
At around the same time that Gregg hesitantly sought assistance, he was offered a job at a local retail establishment.
"I am working 20-25 hours a week. Much more than what I was told when hired," said Gregg. "Next week I work every day, but Sunday. That's good."
Working with CSNL case manager, Tracy Morales, Gregg enrolled in the LPN program at Three Rivers Community College and obtained benefits through the Veterans Administration office located in New London.
Working with a case manager from NLHHC, Gregg later moved into NLHHC's transitional housing for veterans where he hopes to stay for a couple of months while he gets back on his feet.
Asked what part of his experience he would share with others who find themselves homeless, Gregg said, "I'd try to reassure them and would tell them that Covenant Shelter is inviting."
"You guys didn't make me feel like less of a person because I ran across hard times. In fact, one person who works here said he had been a client," Gregg continued.
Gregg has hope. Gregg has a dream. Gregg has concrete plans.
In a year from now, Gregg envisions himself attending college, living independently in a place of his own, and working in his job as much as his studies permit.
Five years from now, Gregg hopes to be settled in his own home, working as a pediatric nurse, and married with children of his own.
Thanks to the kindness and contributions made to CSNL by so many, he is well on his way!
|Around the World in a Week! |
Covenant Kids Summer Camp
The best gift one can ever give, is the gift of one's heart.
In August Stefanie Hinman, Connecticut College Class of 2010, returned to CSNL as a teacher, to share her time and talent and energy with the children for whom Covenant Shelter is a home between homes.
Stefanie is no stranger to CSNL. She spent several years here as a volunteer intern while a student at Conn College. This summer Stefanie directed Covenant Kids Summer Camp - a volunteer labor of love as you can clearly see in the joyful faces of the children below as they journeyed "Around the World in a Week".
AFRICA - Greeting: Yoga Response: Ber
|After creating their passports, Covenant Kids traveled to Africa through books, games, stories, songs and creative arts. At the end of the day, the children enjoyed a little dance party with their collars and masks.|
ASIA - Greeting: Namaste
|Decorating dragons puts a big smile on a beautiful face.|
SOUTH AMERICA - Greeting: Hola
|The children created Honduran paper pollos (chickens), read "Over in the Jungle" and acted out "Borreguita and the Coyote". You should have heard them howl!|
| Did you know?New facts on homeless from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Did you know that last year, Connecticut's emergency homeless shelters served approximately 11,700 people, including more than 1,500 children and over 1,300 homeless youth between the ages of 18-24?
Did you know that almost 64,000 households in Connecticut are severely burdened by housing costs, paying more than 50% of their income toward rent?
Did you know that on one day alone, 447 homeless families were counted in Connecticut, including 828 children?
Did you know that chronic homelessness increased by a full twenty-six percent (26%) among all adults without children?
Did you know that rent problems and domestic violence were the most common reasons people left their last place of
The data for the past year portrays the great need for shelter and other basic necessities facing many - especially children. For more information click on the links below or visit www.cceh.org. NEW Congressional District 2 Fact Sheet on Homelessness
| Homeless to Hopeful |
Benefit dance helps end homelessness.
On Friday, September 9th - Homeless to Hopeful Day in the State of Connecticut and the City of New London - 500 plus people from Southeastern Connecticut gathered to support the work of Covenant Shelter of New London and the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.
The evening included dancing to the hot tunes of Rock and Soul Revue and Power Posse Productions, in addition to raffles and silent auction. In all, over $40,000, which will be equally divided between the CSNL and NLHHC, was raised.
Special thanks to our special guests - Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman who shared opening remarks and delivered the greetings of and a proclamation by Governor Dan Malloy; and Mayor Martin Olsen, who delivered a proclamation from the City of New London.
Many thanks to the Homeless to Hopeful Sponsors whose generous support has made this fundraiser possible for seven years.
Helping Hands Sponsors
Debra & Steven Daren
Devine Intervention, LMFT
Doherty, Beals & Banks
Essex Financial Services
Elaine & Mike Shapiro
The Reardon Law Firm
And, the countless business and individuals who contributed raffle and auction items.
Applebees, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Asselin & Connolly, A&W Marina, Barry's Cleaners, Bob's Furniture, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Ruth Butler & Richard Bruno, Russ & Mary Beth Calasant, Cross Sound Ferry, Courtyard Warwick Park, F&F Distributors, Nick & Karen Fischer, Fisher Florist, Flanders Fish Market, Friendly Pizza, Garde Arts Center, Karyn Garside, Gelston House, Georgetti Jewelers, Goldy's Restaurant, Goodspeed Opera House, Kenneth & Shirley Hamilton, Hilton Hartford, Hoelck's Florist, Home Depot, Karen Hunt, Jewish Federation, Kientzy & Co., Lia Sophia, Pam Livingston, Rose Longo, Louie's Restaurant, M&M Restaurant, Mallove's Jewelers, Linda Mariani, Mashantucket Tribal Nation, Bill Morse, Mount Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church, Muddy Waters, Ron Murray, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Marriott, New England Patriots, New London Harbour Towers, John and Karen Neilan, Andrew Nyce Designs, Ocean Beach Park, Octagon, Olio's, Olive Garden, On the Waterfront, Pathfinder College Counseling, Philadelphia Zoo, Dan Potter, Raccio & Drew DMD, Recovery Room Restaurant, Red Door Spa, Residence Inn Conshohocken, Robert's Audio Video, Ruby Tuesdays, Salem Herb Farm, Salem Valley Ice Cream, Sarge's Comics & Games, SAVA Insurance, Savin Rock Roasting Co., Scentsy, Connie Simos, Singapore Grill, Sheraton Bradley,Shipmans Fire Service, Shop Rite, Skincare Studio, Jim Stidfole, String Theory School of Music, Target, TCORS, Terrace Bakery, Thames Greenery, The Gilded Edge, Thomas L. Neilan & Sons, Tony D's, Two Wives Pizza, UCONN Sports, You Take the Cake, Walmart Groton, Waterford Group, Waterhouse Salon, Yankee Peddler
Year after year, this event is made possible because of the dedication of the Homeless to Hopeful committee who donate countless hours of their time, talent and treasure to make the evening a resounding success.
|Liberty Bank presents Giving Circle grant to CSNL |
Representatives from New London based agencies - including CSNL Executive Director Catherine Foley (second from right) - pose with with Liberty Bank's Deb Bochain, Executive Vice President - Retail Banking Group (far left) and Mark Wallace, First Vice President - Mortgage Originations (far right).
For every mortgage application that Liberty Bank received during the months of April and May, Liberty Bank made a commitment to set aside $100 up to a total of $18,000 to be donated to agencies that serve homeless people in the community.
Liberty Bank succeeded in setting aside the maximum amount of $18,000.
On July 21st, CSNL was one of 18 agencies to receive a 2011 Giving Circle Grant for $1,000 during Liberty Bank's CRA Annual Meeting.
CSNL is most grateful for Liberty Bank's efforts to help promote the end of homelessness.
|Savings Institute Financial Group grant feds the homeless |
Bill Groves presents SIFG grant to Catherine Foley, and Tracy Morales of CSNL.
Did you know that most homeless men, women and children are overfed and undernourished?
Thanks to the Savings Institute Financial Group grant of $2,500.00, CSNL will purchase healthy food and beverages for the men, women and children who temporarily call Covenant Shelter home.
SIFG's grant will provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, whole grain products, low-fat milk, yogurts, cheeses and fortified juices.
Make a difference in the lives that follow.
Top seven things you can do today to ensure the hope of a brighter future and an end to homelessness for those who call Covenant Shelter of New London their home between homes.
- Prepare or update your will.
- Set aside a gift in your will for Covenant Shelter of New London.
- Name Covenant Shelter of New London as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy or purchase a new policy and name Covenant Shelter as the beneficiary.
- Remember your loved ones with a charitable bequest to Covenant Shelter in their honor.
- Name Covenant Shelter as a beneficiary of your IRA.
- Discuss with your advisors and Covenant Shelter the tax advantages you can enjoy now by leaving a gift to Covenant Shelter.
- Spread the word. Let family, friends and advisors know that you've taken responsibility for your legacy and for a cause about which you care.
For more information contact Catherine Foley, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-443-0537 ext. 102.
Rekindle the Spark
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer
To help rekindle the spark and end homelessness,
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